Last updated on January 29th, 2013 at 01:38 pm

If you’ve never met Troy Oakley, you’re missing out on quite the experience. One day, having decided to pack his bags and move to the big, bad city of Toronto, I met him shortly thereafter, at my first tweetup in October 2010.  Since then, I’d easily put him up there as one of the most honest and straightforward people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting as of late.

So when he decided to hold a get-together to celebrate his 40th birthday, how could I not go?

In true Twitter fashion, the party came with strangers, hashtags and plenty of libations—many of these strangers unified by a love for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (In true Troy fashion, he’d arrived to his party after 7 HOURS spent in a tattoo artist’s chair getting a Leafs-related tattoo—the design’s pretty wild, though!)


#OakleyInc40Oaks, a set on Flickr.

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The party would be re-dubbed #40Oaks by the end of the night, but people came out by the droves to wish our boy Troy Oakley well wishes in STYLE for his 40th birthday.

All in all, while it was a good night for me, for Troy, I could tell by the look in his eyes that he wouldn’t have celebrated this milestone any other way.

Hope you had a good birthday, buddy. You deserved it!

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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